|Lafayette County Sheriff's Office||Mayo||Florida 32066||13 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Lake||Florida 32055||15 miles|
|Suwannee County Sheriff's Office||Live Oak||Florida 32064||16 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Florida 32052||32 miles|
|Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office||Trenton||Florida 32693||33 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Lake Butler||Florida 32054||37 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Perry||Florida 32347||38 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Florida 32340||42 miles|
|Levy County Sheriff's Office||Bronson||Florida 32621||43 miles|
|Echols County Sheriff's Office||Statenville||Georgia 31648||45 miles|
A sheriff is an elected law enforcement official who serves a specific county. Many of the responsibilities of the sheriff overlap with those of local police departments. The biggest difference is that a sheriff has jurisdiction over the entire county, while police departments can only enforce laws within city limits.
While sheriffs share law enforcement duties with city police officers, their degree of responsibility varies by jurisdiction. Municipalities with limited resources often contract law enforcement services to the sheriff, especially for complex crimes where they may not be equipped to conduct a detailed investigation.
Sheriffs tend to be more involved in cases where a suspect operates across city lines. Since they have the authority to investigate crimes and make arrests in any city in their jurisdiction, they often act as a bridge between various municipal law enforcement agencies in that jurisdiction.